Automotive Industry Prototyping
Low-volume production

Accelerating Car Development

Automotive Dashboard

Automotive prototypes play an important role in product design, cost control, production and sales, and quality inspection. When developing a new car, first make a prototype of the car, test the appearance and structure, and see if your design is perfect! Prototype design can make timely corrections to some products that have been designed but not perfect. After confirming that it is correct, proceed to mass production.

RpProto has 20 years of experience in car prototyping and is your reliable partner. We produce prototypes and small batches of pre-production or production parts for hundreds of well-known automobile brands around the world. Provide you with customized solutions to enable rapid iteration of your new car development. We implement full-process quality control in the prototype manufacturing process. Ensure that all aspects of the company can operate efficiently and correctly.

Common Applications

Benefits of Automotive Prototype

Appearance design inspection

Through the physical model produced, the designer’s ideas are reflected in shape, color, size, and material. Provide an effective physical reference for more in-depth communication, evaluation, modification and improvement of the design plan, and test the rationality of the design plan.

Check the structural design

The car prototype can verify whether the structural design meets the predetermined requirements, such as the reasonableness of the structure, the ease of installation, and the detailed handling of ergonomics.

Reduce development risks

Through the inspection of the car prototype, problems can be found and solved before the mold is opened, so as to avoid problems in the mold opening process and cause unnecessary losses.

Fast to Market

According to the characteristics of the rapid production of car prototypes, many companies will use car prototypes for product promotion and pre-sales before molds are developed to quickly introduce new products to the market.

Common Materials for Automotive Prototypes?

Select materials by purpose
Conventional Product Prototypes
Generally use ABS , which is easy to process, and the post-processing of the prototype is also beautiful.
Transparent Product Prototypes

Materials such as PMMA (acrylic),  transparent ABS, and transparent PC can be used. Prototypes made of these materials have been polished to achieve extremely high transparency and achieve the same effect as real products.

High Temperature Resistant Products

The materials like Epoxy Resin, Bakelite, Black PC, PA (nylon) can be selected. Except for the black PC that can be bonded to the hand boards made of these four materials, the other three can not be bonded and need to be processed as a whole.

Wear-Eesistant Product Prototypes

POM or PA can be used. Prototypes made of these two materials can not be bonded and need to be processed as a whole.

High-Toughness Product Prototypes

PA or PP can be used. Prototypes made of these two materials can not be bonded and need to be processed as a whole.

Lightweight and Strong Product

Aluminum,  all-purpose metal  material, provides excellent strength-to-weight ratio and can be machined or 3D printed.

Caces

Automotive Dashborad

Automotive panel
Material:PMMA​
Process : CNC Machining
Tolerance:± 0.1mm
Delivery period: 5 days

wheel rim

Wheel Rim
Material:PC​
Process : CNC Machining
Tolerance:± 0.1mm
Delivery period: 5 days

CNC machining car bumper prototype

Material:     ABS

Advantages:   Cost saving,  Fast lead time and low risk.

Description:    This is a car bumper for sports cars. It is made of ABS. We can see that this car bumper is larger than ordinary cars and has a more complicated structure. 

Processing:
        1. Modeling and programming. Before CNC machining, we need to model and program.
        2. Cutting the material and starting CNC its structure, including its appearance and internal structure.
        3. After the CNC processing is completed, we need to glue them together and measure their size. There is a fixture to ensure that the size is good.
        4. Polishing is required to make all surfaces smooth.
        5. After finishing polishing, we will do primer painting
        6. After the primer paint is dry, we can finish the finished painting on the surface
        Then, the prototype of this car bumper was completed.

bumper not painting

Generally, the processing technology of making auto parts prototypes depends on the size and structural complexity of the auto parts. If the structure is particularly complex, we can choose 3D printing to make.
If you are making low-volume production of auto parts prototypes, you usually make a prototype first and use vacuum casting. Vacuum Casting processing is for a large number, and the accuracy of the product itself is not particularly demanding.

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